Mario Williams will take Aaron Schobel's old jersey -- No. 94 -- the team announced Tuesday.
It's a fresh uniform start for Williams, who signed a six-year, $100 million contract with the Bills in March as the NFL's top defensive free agent. The star defensive end wore No. 90 for the past six years for the Houston Texans. He wore No. 9 in college at North Carolina State and No. 82 as a prep star at Redlands (N.C.) High School. Current Bills defensive end Chris Kelsay has worn No. 90 since 2003 and was not willing to give up the jersey. Kelsay said Williams did not lobby him for the number.
Defensive end Kyle Moore, a three-year NFL veteran, wore No. 94 for the Bills over the last seven weeks of last season. He was added to the team in November off Detroit's practice squad. Moore is now No. 54 for the Bills.
No. 94 does not have a long history for Buffalo, but it's a good one. Defensive end Aaron Schobel wore it from 2001 to 2009 and made 78 sacks for the Bills. Special teams ace Mark Pike wore it from 1987 to 1998. Before that it was worn only by two strike-replacement players in 1987 -- Richard Tharpe and Billy Witt.
The Bills' draft choices also have their numbers. They are: cornerback Stephon Gilmore (27), tackle Cordy Glenn (77), receiver T.J. Graham (11), linebacker Nigel Bradham (53), cornerback Ron Brooks (33), linebacker Tank Carder (45), tackle Zebrie Sanders (66), center Mark Asper (63) and kicker John Potter (3).